Bomb threat forced NAV evacuation

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An office for the Norwegian state welfare agency NAV in the west coast city of Haugesund was evacuated on Tuesday after being the target of a bomb threat. Police had a suspect under arrest by early afternoon.

NAV logoThe threat came in around 11am and armed police quickly surrounded the building in downtown Haugesund and evacuated the NAV office, which handles everything from pensions to unemployment benefits and other forms of welfare in Norway.

NAV offices have been the targets of dissatisfied clients before, and a NAV spokesman said it was most important to take care of employees’ security. They were sent home on Tuesday while police continued to search the property for any explosives.

The person believed to have called in the threat was arrested around 12:45pm, as a police investigation continued.

newsinenglish.no staff